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First Name: John

Last Name: Price

Birthplace: Augusta, AR, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Dale

Date of Birth: 18 May 1892

Date of Death: 18 December 1957

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1916 - 1954
John Dale Price

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1916

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


John Dale Price
Admiral, U.S. Navy
First Night Carrier Landing

John Dale Price was born on 18 May 1892 in Augusta, AR.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1916 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1920. Price was credited with making the first night landing on an aircraft carrier.

He saw combat in the Pacific during World War II both as a flier and as Commander, Pacific Fleet Air Wing 2. After the war, he was the first military governor of Okinawa. He was Commander of the Naval Air Forces in the Pacific from 1947 until 1948 and Vice Chief of Naval Operations for Air from 1948 until 1950.

Upon his retirement in June 1954, he was advanced in rank to four-star Admiral. *

* The Act of Congress of 4 March 1925, allowed Navy officers to be promoted one grade upon retirement if they had been specially commended for performance of duty in actual combat. These promotions were colloquially known as "tombstone promotions" because they conferred the prestige of the higher rank but not the additional retirement pay, so their only practical benefit was to allow recipients to engrave a loftier title on their business cards and tombstones. An Act of Congress on 23 February 1942, enabled tombstone promotions to three- and four-star grades.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Flying Cross

Death and BurialĀ 

Admiral John Dale Price died on 18 December 1957 in San Diego, CA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 622   Created by: MHOH




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